Thursday, July 22, 2021

Christelle Abello on joining Miss Universe Philippines again: "I will fight for this crown"

Fil-Am beauty Christelle Abello is joining Miss Universe Philippines two times in a row since last year. She will try her luck again as she made it to the Top 100 official candidates of Miss Universe Philippines 2021.

Abello made a special appearance during the Miss Filipina International 2021 pageant virtual press conference on Thursday morning, July 22.

"Why not, right? Hindi ko nakuha ang korona last year. So why not try this time around," Abello said to the press.

"I am 27 (years old). It is my absolute last chance to join.You know last year I am admitting that I lack a lot of, we can say, confidence and maybe power in myself to perform to the best of my ability. So I know that this time around, I'm really sure of myself that I really really want this. I will fight for this crown so that's why I really want to join again," she added.

During the said virtual press conference, Abello recalled her first pageant experience through Binibining Pilipinas USA in 2014, where she won the top crown.

Bb Pilipinas USA 2014 winners: Christelle Abello – Binibining Pilipinas USA 2014, Czarina Hermoso – Binibining Pilipinas USA Tourism, Caitlin San Diego -1st Runner Up, Gabbie Gonzales – 2nd Runner Up, Lovely Jane Tanglao – 3rd Runner Up). Photo: Andy Edraline

Binibining Pilipinas USA is now called Miss Filipina International (MFI).

"I joined not expecting much from the outcome but I did end up taking home the crown with me when I joined, which was a really big surprise but also at the same time it opened so many opportunities for me. It boosted a lot of my confidence. It pushed me to really pursue my dreams here in the Philippines."

As part of winning the title, she got the opportunity to travel in the Philippines to promote tourism to all Filipino immigrants in the US.

"We traveled to Bohol, Subic Bay. Having that vacation time for us and being able to really tour the Philippines was one in a lifetime experience and it was a lot of fun."

In 2015, she moved to the Philippines and joined the Miss World Philippines 2015 where she finished in the Top 10. 

She joined Miss Universe Philippines 2020 and reached the Top 16. She was awarded as the new face of Ginebra San Miguel for 2021.

About Miss Filipina International pageant

The Miss Filipina International and Miss Filipina Teen International beauty pageants, produced by Insider Entertainment Group, proudly announces the 2021 edition of this annual event, featuring fifty (50) young women from around the world, each a paradigm of the modern Filipina. Now in its 8th year, the fierce competition for top honors among these accomplished and beautiful ladies will culminate on Coronation Night, to be held on July 31, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, preceded by the Preliminary Competition, set for July 30, 2021, at 7:30 p.m., at the same venue. 

As the Philippine government eases the current travel requirements to the Philippines, MFI looks forward to returning on its annual tourism promotion trip to some of the country’s top tourism destinations when it is safely permitted. 

As in previous years, the winners’ prize package includes: roundtrip airline tickets to the Philippines, an opportunity to participate in a two-week tourism promotion trip highlighting the country’s tourism destinations, an elaborate, custom-made silver medallion commemorating their reigns and much, much more. With the most prestigious title of its kind outside the Philippines within reach, these would-be beauty queens promise to give their all to this competition. 

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